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College Football Rankings: NCAAF Top 25 (After Week 11)

Michael Penix Jr., Washington Huskies

Weekly college football top 25 rankings are a big part of every season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. The 11th weekend of the 2022 season was headlined by Washington's upset of Oregon, Alabama's win at Ole Miss, TCU's victory over Texas, and UCLA's loss to Arizona. Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and Tennessee take the top four spots, with TCU at No. 5, LSU at No. 6 and Alabama at No. 7 in the post-Week 11 top 25 rankings. With the 11th week of the 2022 season officially in the books, here are the top 25 teams in college football:

College Football Top 25 Rankings (After Week 11)

1. Georgia (10-0)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Mississippi State

Quarterback Stetson Bennett recorded four overall touchdowns to ensure Georgia avoided a letdown loss at Mississippi State (45-19 final). The Bulldogs led 17-12 at halftime but pulled away in the final two quarters thanks to Bennett’s strong play and a defense that limited Mike Leach’s offense to just 4.6 yards a snap over 67 plays.

2. Ohio State (10-0)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Indiana

As expected, Ohio State dominated on both sides of the ball to crush Indiana 56-14. Injuries in the backfield are adding up for coach Ryan Day’s team, however. TreVeyon Henderson should return soon, but Miyan Williams left with an injury after rushing for 147 yards on 15 carries.

3. Michigan (10-0)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Nebraska

Another week, another dominant victory for Michigan. The Wolverines dominated from the opening snap, dispatching Nebraska 34-3 on Saturday afternoon. Running back Blake Corum ran for 162 yards to power an offense that averaged six yards a snap. The Wolverines allowed only three points and limited the Cornhuskers to just 146 overall yards.

4. Tennessee (9-1)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Missouri

A week after Georgia’s defense kept Tennessee’s offense in check, the Volunteers posted 724 yards in a 66-24 rout of Missouri. Quarterback Hendon Hooker added to his Heisman profile with 355 passing yards and three touchdowns, with receiver Jalin Hyatt (seven catches for 146 yards) as the No. 1 target. Upcoming games against South Carolina and Vanderbilt should help Tennessee get to 11-1 and make a strong case for the CFB Playoff.

5. TCU (10-0)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Texas

A 17-10 victory at Texas is a statement win for coach Sonny Dykes’ squad. The Horned Frogs were a touchdown underdog but leaned on a standout defensive effort (3.3 yards per play) and got a few timely plays on offense to leave Austin with the victory. The win over the Longhorns also booked a trip for TCU to the Big 12 title game.

6. LSU (8-2)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Arkansas

Freshman linebacker Harold Perkins Jr. recorded eight tackles (four for a loss), four sacks and two forced fumbles in a monster defensive effort to ensure LSU wouldn’t have a hangover loss to Arkansas. The Tigers managed only 284 total yards in a 13-10 victory, but Saturday’s win in Fayetteville (and Alabama’s victory against Ole Miss) clinched the SEC West title for coach Brian Kelly.

7. Alabama (8-2)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Ole Miss

Assessing Alabama’s motivation with the SEC West out of reach and road struggles this year was a huge question coming into Saturday’s game at Ole Miss. Although the performance was far from perfect, the Crimson Tide deserve credit for not packing it in and winning in a tough spot. Quarterback Bryce Young threw for 209 yards and three scores, the rushing attack churned out valuable yardage in the second half, and the defense made a couple of timely stops late to secure the win.

8. USC (9-1)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Colorado

The Trojans had a sluggish start but pulled away for a 55-17 victory over Colorado on Friday night. The news from the win wasn’t all good for coach Lincoln Riley, as running back Travis Dye suffered a season-ending injury against the Buffaloes.

9. Clemson (9-1)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Louisville

It wasn’t perfect, but Clemson got a much-needed 31-16 victory over Louisville to keep its playoff hopes alive and erase some of the bad feelings from last week’s loss at Notre Dame. Turnovers (three) and some iffy defensive play (six yards a play allowed) need to be addressed. Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei played most of the way at quarterback and accounted for 217 total yards and two scores.